Explain the function and meanings of medieval Irish art
Understand how medieval manuscripts were made
Engage critically with methodologies and scholarly debates which have shaped interpretations of the period
Demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features of the Irish Church in this era
Combine visual analysis with theological and historical appraisal regarding medieval material culture
The Book of Kells manuscript, housed at Trinity College Dublin is world famous – it attracts almost one million visitors a year. But what can this book tell us about Irish history? And what significance is the manuscript in today’s world?
On this course you will use the Book of Kells as a window through which to explore the landscape, history, faith, theology, and politics of early medieval Ireland. You will also consider how the manuscript was made, its extended biography and how it has affected different areas of the contemporary world.
Where and how the manuscript was made
The social context from which the manuscript emerged, including early medieval faith and politics.
The artistic context of the manuscript, reflecting local and international styles.
The theology and interpretations of the text.
How and why the manuscript survived
The Book of Kells and contemporary culture.
The course is for anyone with an interest in Ireland, medieval studies, history, art, religion and/or popular culture.